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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "admin" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:08:21 -0300
Subject: Re: Reminder Notification Expo 2020 Dubai


Gate 4, DIFC BLG Dubai-United Arab Emirates
Dear Winner,

This is to inform you that you have won the sum of US$6.5M (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) for the 2016 Dubai promotion in readiness for the Expo 2020, Sponsored by Emirates Bank  in conjunction with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and other companies, Your Email Address was selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand Emails from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceanic as part of the 3rd  international promotion program which is conducted annually since after the 27 November 2013 announcement, only five Email address were selected as winners, via an electronic balloting System without the winner applying or purchasing a ticket.

These are your identification numbers: Ticket NumberUAE01JP/2016, Serial Number2914-702Lucky Numbers13/4/32/28/01/40,
To Claim your price, please contact our Foreign Service manager immediately via email with the following.

* Full name:                                                   
*Residential Address:                                                                          
* Gender:                                                  
* Age:                                          
* Telephone Number:                                                                    
* Profession:                                                      
* Country:                                                  
* Winning E-mail id:                                                                 
* Identification Numbers:                                                                          

Mr. Ahmed Basil
Foreign Service Manager

Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!

Warm Regard,
Hana Abdul-Aziz.
For the Chief Executive Manager 

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